P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


AbdulRasheed Alabi, 2010

PhD/MD, Stanford University

AbdulRasheed Alabi is the child of immigrants from Nigeria

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD/MD in Neuroscience and Medicine at Stanford University

ABDULRASHEED ALABI is pursuing MD and neuroscience PhD degrees at Stanford Medical School.

AbdulRasheed is the son of supportive Nigerian parents who were seeking advanced degrees in the United States. He grew up in Nigeria but then returned to the United States to pursue a degree.

AbdulRasheed completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University where he was, and remains at Stanford, an active member of the Muslim community amongst other activities.

Balancing complex personal and financial responsibilities, AbdulRasheed soon made his mark as a young researcher, a student leader, and a civic volunteer. For three summers, he conducted biomedical research with Dr. Emery Brown at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital culminating in a co-authored article in the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology. As an Undergraduate Scholar at the National Institutes of Health, he worked with Dr. Kenton Swartz on electrical signaling proteins in the nervous system, research that netted him a first-author article in Nature.

At Stanford AbdulRasheed has been leader of the Student National Medical Association and the annual SUMMA (Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance) conference where over 500 young people are encouraged to consider science and medicine.

AbdulRasheed plans on a career as a physician-scientist-public advocate intent on innovative basic science for diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative applications. He also has a defined interest in international scientific exchange for biomedical development and enhanced educational opportunities in Africa.

  • PhD Neuroscience | Stanford University 2012
  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2012
  • BS Biomedical Engineering | Johns Hopkins University 2005
Work History
  • Stanford Medical School, MSTP student
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